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Greg Joseph Garcia

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Infielder Greg Garcia is the grandson of Dave Garcia and the brother of Drew Garcia.

He hit .312/.415/.409 as a college freshman then slumped to .265/.349/.385 as a sophomore, starting at shortstop. He did lead the Western Athletic Conference with five triples. As a junior in 2010, he did much better offensively (.358/.438/.505, 45 R in 62 G). He again hit five triples, tying for the WAC lead; he was named All-Conference at shortstop. He formed a double play combo with Kolten Wong, who would later be his major league teammate. The St. Louis Cardinals took him in the 7th round of the 2010 amateur draft, one round after John Gast and one round before Daniel Bubona.

Greg made his pro debut with the Johnson City Cardinals, hitting .286/.363/.418 with 49 runs in 58 games and mostly manning second base. He was 7 for 15 in the playoffs as Johnson City won the Appalachian League title. He led the league's second basemen in fielding (.985) and was second to Ramon Morla in runs scored. He split 2011 between the Quad Cities River Bandits (.273/.360/.353 in 46 G) and Palm Beach Cardinals (.290/.400/.419 in 59 G).

Garcia improved in 2012, with the Springfield Cardinals (.284/.408/.420, 80 BB, 10 HR, 81 R). He tied for the Texas League playoff lead with six RBI. For the regular season, he led TL shortstops in assists (425) and twin killings (92), again forming a double play duo with Wong. He was third in the TL in walks (behind Jonathan Singleton and Conner Crumbliss), was 4th in runs and was third in OBP (after Jermaine Curtis and Crumbliss). Jurickson Profar beat him out as the TL All-Star shortstop. Among Cardinals minor leaguers, he led in walks (two ahead of Mike O'Neill), was 4th in runs (between Nick Martini and Wong) and ranked 4th in OBP (after O'Neill, Curtis and Colin Walsh).

Making it to AAA with the Memphis Redbirds in 2013, he split duties at shortstop with Ryan Jackson and backed up Wong at 2B and Curtis at 3B. He hit .271/.377/.384 and stole 14 bases in 16 tries. He tied Elian Herrera for 5th in the 2013 PCL with 10 sacrifice hits. He opened 2014 well with Memphis (.267/.357/.535, 5 HR in 21 G) and was called up to The Show when Wong was sent down, in an unusual twist involving long-time teammates. In his major league debut on April 28th, he pinch-hit for Pat Neshek in a 3-3 game with the Milwaukee Brewers and one out in the 7th. He drew a walk from Tyler Thornburg but was stranded.

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